Print Solutions: Positive About Print
Canon has today (15 July 2020) announced the launch of its new ProStream 1800 continuous feed inkjet printer, the newest model in its ProStream 1000 series. With increased speeds of up to 133 metres per minute, the new printer boasts high resolution and print quality.
The ProStream 1800 has been designed to push the boundaries of commercial print to meet changing customer demands. Combining new inkjet innovations with proven offset printing techniques, the press strikes a balance between high productivity, superior print quality, flexibility and media versatility. Commercial printers can now expand their offering by migrating higher volume jobs from offset to digital inkjet. Boost production levels, slash turnaround times and increase profit margins across a wide range of applications, including premium and high volume direct mail, books, catalogues and magazines.
With the higher web speed of 133 metres per minute (66% faster than the ProStream 1000), the 1800 produces up to 107,500 A4 images or 11,300 B2 sheets 4/4 per hour while maintaining superior print quality. And increased speeds equate to higher throughput.
The new machine can achieve a very high level of print quality across a huge range of media, including standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet optimised papers from 40 to 300 g/m2, with the ability to print up to 556 mm wide and 1524 mm long.
The press’s air floatation drying system dries all jobs evenly, so you can effectively print on a wide range of paper without compromising the high standards of the finished output. By not coming into contact with the paper, the system protects the print image to ensure an optimal result and to preserve the gloss and paper surface. Artificial intelligence linked to a sensor continuously makes adjustments to the drying system during the print run to ensure the best quality.
The ProStream 1800 uses native 1200 dpi piezo drop on-demand printheads and proprietary polymer pigment inks with Canon ColorGrip to ensure colour consistency. Canon’s Inline Quality Control, a high performance camera system, also provides automatic print quality assurance, so operators can spend less time on quality control.
The ProStream 1000 remains available and existing customers can easily upgrade to the 1800 if more volume is required, allowing them to easily adapt to changing market dynamics while maintaining high quality, speed and supporting a variety of media.
Peter Wolff, vice president, Production Printing Products, EMEA Commercial Printing, Canon Europe, commented: ‘At Canon, we share our customers’ passion for print and understand that, as their businesses are having to adapt to changing market requirements, our technology needs to evolve too. With the launch of the new ProStream 1800, we can support customers who are looking to grow their production volumes without compromising quality or speed. The new press marks an extension of the successful ProStream technology that was launched in 2017. Building on our 30 strong installed base, we are excited to be offering a new proposition for customers that want ultimate performance.’